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What's the story?
In CITY OF ANGELS, Angels appear to hold our hands as we die. Humans cannot see them, but Maggie (Meg Ryan), a surgeon fighting desperately to save a patient, feels the presence of the angel Seth (Nicolas Cage), and it shakes her. It shakes him, too. Seth begins to wish that he could trade his existence as an angel for the chance to partake in earthly pleasures like smell, and touch, and love. He meets one of Maggie's patients, a former angel (played by NYPD Blue star Dennis Franz) and learns that even angels have the free will to choose their destinies.
Is it any good?
The German film Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders' dreamlike meditation on the angels among us, has been Hollywoodized into a dreamlike but glossy romance. Cage is especially touching, his longing for Maggie coming from some deep place in his soul. And the movie has some good issues to raise about choices and destiny and intimacy and the importance of smelling the roses. But it has awkward construction and a maudlin conclusion.
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- In theaters: April 10, 1998
- On DVD or streaming: September 29, 1998
- Cast: Andre Braugher, Meg Ryan, Nicolas Cage
- Director: Brad Silberling
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Genre: Drama
- Run time: 114 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: sexuality including language, and some nudity
- Last updated: September 21, 2019
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